She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.
— Wallace Stevens
Who are you?
Me? Me? A.B. (Able Bodied Seaman) Abuyasser II. Name. Bashir.
Where do you come from?
Me? Me? I come from Yemen.
Where are you going?
I want going another country. Another area. Too much problem. I think future only. I want change life. Not know exactly. Another life. Africa. Arab. Another life.
Milestones on the Human Trail
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot the global migration of our ancestors in a 21,000-mile, seven-year odyssey that begins in Ethiopia and ends in Tierra del Fuego. This site houses our experimental journalism, cartography and educational initiatives. For the walk’s storytelling, please visit outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com.
By the year 2020, the Out of Eden Walk will have accumulated an unprecedented chronicle of human life on Earth, 2,500 generations after our restless forebears set out on the long, slow walk into our becoming — a journey out of Eden that continues to this day. Learn more »
Every 100 miles (160 km) Paul is making a concise digital record of his location — a narrative Milestone. Each consists of a visual panorama, photographs of the ground and sky, ambient sound at that location, and a brief, standardized interview with the nearest person.
Milestones are a slow accumulation of narrative data sets, a consistent record collected at nomad’s pace on a global scale. What will they ultimately tell us about ourselves?
Last November, Paul Salopek visited our school, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Speaking to 3rd and 5th graders, Paul pointed out that they were just the right ...
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